Nathan had the decent-to-great idea of having me post some of my old college essays to the website. Here’s one I wrote on The Terminator for a sci-fi class. I’ve always sucked at citing sources, so they’re really shoehorned in there, but I got an A on this paper regardless. The formatting sucks because I’m too lazy to fix 13 pages of it. Enjoy!
ENG 300M – Sci-Fi Film and Television
In 100 Years, Who’s Gonna Care? Criticism of Society’s Over-Reliance of Technology in James Cameron’s The Terminator
After watching James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984) for the first time in probably a decade, I found that two things surprised me: 1) The film holds up quite well; 2) There are a surprising number of messages directed toward the criticism of society’s over-reliance on technology, and they are quite relevant even today. In fact, if this film were rebooted or remade today, I don’t think they would have to change the script very much. Our society is very quick to develop new technologies to make our lives more convenient. With every problem that is solved, however, a new one is created. With every action comes a greater and opposite reaction, and it’s only a matter of time before we create a nigh-indestructible cybernetic organism that rampages around our cities until it kills its target. That might be hyperbole, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, and The Terminator has clear warnings to take a step back from technology.